Hot Weekend, All Eyes on Isaías
Hurricane Isaías continues to strengthen as it approaches the East Coast.
With yesterday’s high “only” topping out at 89º, the 20-day streak of temperatures reaching 90º or above came to an end. However, the heat will pick back up where it left off for Friday and the weekend, as highs return to the mid-90s. Mainly sunny skies and sticky humidity levels will only make outdoor conditions even more uncomfortable, allowing heat index values to soar into the low triple digits. Expect lows over the next several nights to remain in the mid-70s, with some scattered storms possible Friday evening. Outside of Friday night, shower and storm chances should remain few and far between through Sunday afternoon. A stray storm or two may pop up over the Piedmont over the next few days, becoming slightly more scattered into the mountains and Foothills. Rain chances will significantly increase, however, as Isaías approaches the Carolinas.
Hurricane Isaías (ee-sah-EE-ahs) attained Category 1 strength overnight Thursday into Friday and should maintain its core wind speed as it marches towards the Bahamas and the Florida coast. While most models don’t have this storm weakening much as it approaches the Carolinas, they don’t exactly have it strengthening too much, either. Regardless of intensity, the Carolina coast should prepare for a wet and windy Monday. While the WCCB Charlotte viewing area shouldn’t see any direct impacts from Isaías, a few gusty storms may blow into areas east of I-77 late Sunday into early Tuesday. We’ll keep you posted as Isaías treks northward.
Saturday: Mainly sunny. PM pop-up storms. High: 94°. Wind: SW 10-15. Gusts: 20-25.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Low: 73°. Wind: SW 5-10.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Isolated storms northwest. High: 94°. Wind: SW 5-10.